AMES, Iowa — A kayaker was rescued from freezing waters Monday.
The Ames Fire Department was dispatched to Ada Hayden Park, on the city’s north side, just after 5 p.m. Witnesses walking around the lake called authorities after noticing a man hanging off his kayak about 200 yards from shore.
Ames Police Lt. Dan Walter said a man fell out of the kayak and was struggling. It is estimated that he was in the water for about 40 minutes until he was rescued.
“He had a little trouble communicating with the paramedics, but it looks like he’s recovering,” Walter said.
The man was taken to a local hospital after showing signs of hypothermia.
Walter credits people walking on the trail around the lake for possibly saving the man’s life.